But then the story being about God wiping out life except for the dude that builds a big boat with animals to repopulate the world wouldn't make any sense at all. If it was only a part of the world then that whole thing would have been pointless.
If the plan was to rid the world of sin, then the plan did fail, didn't it? We still have sin in the world today, don't we? Sin must have been perpetuated by somebody on the boat or somebody outside the flood area."It appears that many of you turn to Hebrew to escape the English...." -- Joseppi
Are you saying that the existence of sin today the world becomming the same means that The Flud must have been understood to be a portion of the world instead of the whole thing?
It would make more sense, wouldn't it? As a permanent fix, it didn't work. As a temporary/local fix, maybe it did.
But the extent of the flood isn't particularly relevant anyway. The story doesn't focus on the ones who died. It focuses on the ones who lived. It makes the point that if you obey God, He takes care of you. The flood could have been a tempest in a teapot and it wouldn't spoil that lesson.
"It appears that many of you turn to Hebrew to escape the English...." -- Joseppi